FACTS & FACTORS: LSU vs. Ohio State

NEW ORLEANS - Hitting the high points from LSU's 38-24 win over Ohio State in the BCS Title Game.

Quote of the Game:

"We actually showed you all we can actually play four quarters if we were healthy, when we're healthy."

- Rickey Jean-Francois on LSU finally getting healthy

Turning Point:

Ohio State coaches, players and fans had been telling themselves every since the announcement of the BCS Title Game matchup that this season would not be a repeat of the debacle versus Florida a year ago.

And the Buckeyes came out like a team possessed ripping off 10 quick points and left the Tigers reeling. Chris "Beanie" Wells rumbled for a 65-yard touchdown on Ohio State's first possession and the Buckeyes tacked on a Ryan Pretorius field goal later in the first quarter.

But things began shifting in LSU's favor when Colt David got the Tigers on the board with a 32-yard field goal late in the opening stanza. LSU's talented skill players on the offensive side of the ball began to find their rhythm and on the opening drive of the second quarter, the Tigers had tied the score.

But it wasn't until Rickey Jean-Francois blocked a 38-yard Pretorius field goal attempt at the 10:53 mark did the tide really turn. Instead of the Buckeyes regaining the lead, OSU fell behind 17-10 when the Tigers scored on the other end.

The momentum finally shifted totally in LSU's favor when Chevis Jackson picked off Todd Boeckman with 6:25 left in the half, which led to another LSU touchdown and a 24-10 Tiger advantage at the half.

It was over when:

LSU was fully in control of the game after raising its advantage to 31-10 with an Early Doucet touchdown grab early in the third quarter.

But Matt Flynn tossed an interception deep in LSU territory and Ohio State turned it into points on a four-yard Boeckman to Brian Robiskie touchdown pass. The Buckeyes cut it to two scores, trailing 31-17, with just under four minutes left in the third quarter.

But two fourth quarter turnovers committed by Boeckman would do in the Buckeyes once and for all. Boeckman was sacked and fumbled on fourth down with 10:37 left in the game. And the most lethal blow, Curtis Taylor picked off an errant Boeckman offering with 5:43 left in the game, which led to the dagger-in-the-heart touchdown by LSU.

Stat of the Game:

2 – BCS National Championships won by the Tigers. LSU became the first program in the country to win multiple BCS titles with its 38-24 win over Ohio State. Several schools had made multiple appearances in the title, including three trips by Florida State, Oklahoma and the Buckeyes, but only the Tigers have raised the crystal football more than once.

By the Numbers:

9 – Losses to SEC teams in bowl games for Ohio State. The Buckeyes have never beaten a team from the SEC in postseason play.

11 – Wins for the SEC in BCS bowl games. With the LSU win and Georgia's victory over Hawaii here last Tuesday, the SEC's record in BCS games now stands at 11-4. The Big Ten was 0-2 in BCS games this year (Illinois lost to USC) and is now 8-9 all-time in the BCS.

5 - Five of the 10 scoring drives for the game consisted of 65 yards or more, including three of at least 77 yards. LSU had three scoring drives consisting of 10 or more plays, including a pair of 14-play drives to set a BCS record.

11 - The Tigers finished 11-of-18 on third down, but at one time were 11-of-14. Ohio State, on the other hand, finished 3-of-13.

4 - Matt Flynn threw four touchdown passes, tied for the second highest total in a BCS game behind Matt Leinart's five TD passes for Southern California vs. Oklahoma in the 2005 FedEx Orange Bowl.

Three Points:

1. LES MILES-STONES - In LSU's three bowl games under head coach Les Miles, the Tigers have outscored opponents 150-51, including the 38-24 score of tonight's game. With a win tonight LSU won its third national championship in program history, became the first school in the nation to ever win two BCS National Championships, improved to 4-0 all-time in BCS games, 3-0 in bowl games under head coach Les Miles and 13-4 in games played in the Superdome. Also, the 2007 season marks the second 12-win season in program history. The other came in 2003 when the Tigers finished the year 13-1.

2. IN LIKE FLYNN - Matt Flynn tossed his 18th ,19th, 20th and 21st touchdown passes of the season and the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st of his career with a 13-yard pass to TE Richard Dickson with 13:00 left in the second quarter, a 10-yard pass to WR Brandon LaFell with 7:25 left in the second quarter, a 4-yard pass to WR Early Doucet with 9:04 left in the third quarter and a 5-yard toss to Dickson with 1:50 to go in the game. Flynn moved up in the following season passing categories tonight: seventh in yards (2,407), fifth in completions (202), second in attempts (359) and fourth in TD passes (21). Flynn's four TDs are a career high. Flynn was named the game's Offensive MVP.

3. TIGHT END OF THE LINE - Richard Dickson pulled down his fourth and fifth receiving touchdowns of the season on a 13-yard pass from QB Matt Flynn with 13:00 left in the second quarter and a five-yard toss from Flynn with 1:50 to go in the game. Dickson's two TDs are a career high.

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